Bill Belichick: ‘Incomprehensible’ to think Patriots would start in peak form
The New England Patriots overcame another huge scare in Week 6, beating the division rival New York Jets by a narrow score of 24-17. One could even argue that the Jets might’ve stolen a win had it not been for a controversial call on a scoring play by New York late in Sunday’s game.
On Monday, head coach Bill Belichick addressed the Pats’ sluggish start to the season. Not one who normally expresses his sentiments aloud, Belichick went into great detail about the criticism that his team has received.
Via Josh Alpert of Pro Football Talk:
“Maybe I just can’t figure it out, but it’s incomprehensible to me how anybody could think that a team that’s practiced for six months and played 19 regular season and postseason games and had triple-digit practices, five months later, after not playing a game, after having a fraction of that type of experience, could be anywhere close to the level of execution that they were five months before that after all of the things that I just listed.
I mean, it’s impossible in my view. So, each year, you start all over again. You start that process all over again. You build your team over the course of the year though practice repetitions, through preseason to regular season games, through the evolving of your scheme, and that’s why each year is different and unique. But, I understand I’m in the minority and most other people don’t see it that way, which is OK, but that’s the way I see it.”
Given how expectations are always high for the Patriots, Belichick’s defense of his team’s lackluster performance so far this year could spell doom for the rest of the league when the dust settles at season’s end. In 2014, the Pats also began their campaign with a 4-2 record. They went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl that same season.
Then again, there’s no question that New England’s defense really needs some work. The team is currently ranked dead-last in the NFL after allowing a whopping average of 440.7 yards per contest.